Ok, so I read that and my biggest, most glaring problem with the whole thing:
When did Chris Baker become a defensive end?!?! Last I checked I only saw him playing nose! Get it right you bastards! haha
I think you answered your own statement, and I agree. He's earned the benefit of the doubt, plus not to mention all the unique challenges that have been thrown our way, handed a pile of **** from Cerrato in cap hell, capgate, every star player outside of RG3 go down in injury and/or suspension this season, etc.He can't continue to live off the laurels of his Lomardi's so many years ago. If it was any other coach? I'm not sure we would see the amount of patience we are seeing from some fans.
Personally, I think there is fight left in this team, and the homer in me wants to believe we won't go quietly this season, and carry some momentum into next year where we are a playoff team in 2013. If that doesn't happen? Then I'm going to have a hard time continuing to stand up for a coach that hasn't produced results in four years of his tenure.
Redskins 2013 Opponents:
Home- Dallas, NY Giants, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, Kansas City, San Diego
Away- Dallas, NY Giants, Philadelphia, Green Bay, Minnesota, Atlanta, Denver, Oakland
They're simple, true, few, and can not be disputed:
1- He came on to a team that wasn't talented to begin with AND old. An absolute lethal combination. He cut more players in his first year than ANY other newly hired coach that we like to point to and say "see, they turned it around quicker, wah wah"! You could get mad maybe had said players went on to other teams and excelled or even produced in any way, but what did those players do? Absolutely nothing. The vast majority of them didn't even make another NFL roster. This trend continued as he cut the likes of Portis who had been our best talent on the team and one of our highest paid previously and he couldn't even pass a physical. The only cut/trade he made that went on to produce elsewhere in any decent capacity was Jason Campbell who started for the Raiders at QB. However, Jason was the one who demanded the trade and, furthermore, he was actually battling Bruce Gradkowski for the position. Bruce Gradkowski.
2- In 2010, after cutting all of these old and untalented players, he had to deal with the worst FA class in the history of the NFL due to the uncapped season's restrictions. Why doesn't anyone ever mention just how further along we'd be along in this process of a rebuild had the players who became unrestricted free agents in 2011 became such in 2010 instead? They would have been one year younger when we acquired them and been more developed in our schemes at this point. A team that has had continuity in place for a long time previously wouldn't nearly be affected because they'd already have players developed within it, but one that is rebuilding on the level of ours is severely hampered by such a thing. Nope, just excuses, right?
3- In 2011, he had to deal with a lockout and subsequent lack of players developing in our program during the offseason. This led to players like Hankerson, Robinson, Riley, Helu, Royster, as well our entire Free Agent class to lose key time in developing as players within our newly implemented schemes. Again, a team that has had continuity in place for a long time previously wouldn't nearly be affected because they'd already have players developed within it, but one that is rebuilding on the level of ours is severely hampered by such a thing.
4- The biggest one yet; the 2012 surprise cap penalty on the eve of Free Agency. How many teams survive 36 million in total cap space being taken away from you unjustly even if they're not rebuilding? To make it worse, how many teams survive such a thing without even preparing for such a severe penalty (they knew they'd probably have something happen, but not the amount nor the way it was done)? We point to teams like the Bucs who are improving right now, but forget that they went against this bs "spirit of the cap" themselves by going waaaay under the cap in 2010 since they could and were basically able to sign anyone they wanted in Free Agency. Every player the Bucs signed this year could've been on our team as well as the ones we did sign. Could you imagine that for a second? Could you imagine where we'd be and where the Bucs would be had what was just taken place?
So, in summary, to me it's simple and they aren't "never ending excuses". They're just few and they're all true. Period.
Last edited by thesubmittedone; November-7th-2012 at 12:15 PM.
Originally Posted by Mike Shanahan
Well, I guess Shanahan hasn't lost the locker room after all. I never really thought that he did, but there are some around here that speculated that.
OLB Coach for the 3x State Champs: 2001, 2002, 2008 Atlantic Shores Seahawks2012 Final Record: 2-9
So in another words it was more of a Freudian slip. And what was on his mind came out in words. In another words - he is making a list of players he is going to axe at the end of the season. Get rid of the players that can't even play to beat a 1-6 team in their own house. For me I really don't have a problem with that.
Most coaches "evaluate" their players in training camp and preseason. If he still has to evaluate players now, it's not a player problem... maybe he should evaluate himself and some of this horrid play calling.
:My ex-wife compared the Skins record talent level to our sex life; pretty good in the beginning but peters out waay too early...
That has been the M.O. of this team for quite a few years; start off good/great, and as soon as the mediots begin paying attention, the downward sprial starts.
The players should be defending Mike, but maybe they're not being vocal enough during games or in the locker room; if they see something different, they should simply make their adjustments and explain it after the series is over, because even though Mike is a coach, he is human, and might not see what they see on the field.
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